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Monday, January 05, 2015

Plein Air Oil Painting

I went back to The Briars in Mt Martha, Mornington Peninsula. Again, a good friend of mine is staying in the area, so we had another painting session together.

I think I need to be more careful about proportion when painting this kind of subject where there doesn't seem to be any solid objects, like houses.

It's very interesting that once I see it through camera, I get much clearer ideas of total view. That's probably because the scene is already cropped, so it's much easier to see the whole composition in a frame.

She suggested that I should do a quick sketch before painting, and that sounds a great idea.
She actually did a very good painting. Different style to mine, but, a great work.

I'm happy with its sky and background, although trees on the right look dodgy.
The middle area was a disaster. There were lots of hey barrels, but, I couldn't do them at all. And trees are not quite right. The colour and proportion are not quite right. It seems they're my eternal challenge.
I did some touchup in the foreground later because there was nothing interesting.

Today is the last day of my New Year break, and I had a great time with my friend painting together.

Oil on panel. 16 x 20 in.

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